This morning, I decided to photograph a few of them. My garden is richer because of their presence.
This Germander has not looked this good in years. Some years it's stalky and woody, with more brown than green in evidence. I've owned this plant for eight years already -- since before I had my current garden.
Acquired as a small shrub in a one-gallon pot, this Viburnum is now huge. It took several years for it to bloom, but for the past two years it has been spectacular, covered in white blossoms early in the year. It is now showing an inclination towards berries in a few months. The birds will be delighted.
Last winter's red berries on this Nandina cheered up my garden on even the dreariest days; the coming crop looks equally promising.